Jez Wells graduated with a BMus in Music and Sound Recording from the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey in 1994. Following time spent as a freelance recording engineer, music technology lecturer and working for Digital Audio Research and Fairlight he began an MSc in Music Technology at York in 2000, graduating a year later. He gained his PhD, on ‘Real Time Spectral Modelling of Audio for Creative Sound Transformation’ in 2006 from the Department of Electronics where he worked in the Audio Lab as a teaching fellow, research associate and then lecturer from 2004 to 2012. Both his teaching and research include studio recording techniques and audio processing and modelling. He has just completed a year-long Ingenious public engagement fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering. He also works as a recording engineer and editor as well as undertaking consultancy work.
Outside of his work on acoustic modelling his other research interests are real-time spectral modelling of audio and advanced audio modelling and processing for studio based effects processing, particularly directional separation of microphone signals. He has recently supervised Bachelors and Masters projects on audio processing with the two-dimensional Fourier transform, the impact of processing for live DJing on the quality of mp3 files, transcribing the music of Debussy to 19 and 31 TET tuning systems, physical modelling in PD, automated audio mixing tools, tempo perception, principal component analysis of rasterised audio, modelling of weakly non-linear systems for audio, modification of human voice characteristics and spectral modelling of guitar distortion.